Officials at a Cochran, Georgia high
school have agreed to allow a male student to bring his gay date to
prom, Atlanta-based Fox 5 News reported.
Derrick Martin's January request to
bring a same-sex date to the April 17 dance has been approved by
Bleckley County High School officials. The school requires approval
in advance for bringing a prom date that is not a student enrolled in
The decision comes on the heels of a
Fulton, Mississippi high school decision to cancel its annual prom
dance rather than allow an openly lesbian student to bring her
With the help of the ACLU, 18-year-old
Constance McMillen is suing the school board to reinstate the April 2
Bleckley County High School principal
Michelle Masters said there is no school policy that prohibits a
student from bringing a same-sex date to the annual dance.
Martin, an 18-year-old senior at the
school, told The Telegraph that he was surprised at not having
his request denied.